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ICYMI: Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services extends requirements to prevent Legionella in hospitals and long-term care facilities
Following several recent outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease (a type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium) in hospitals and long-term care facilities, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a step to help prevent future outbreaks. CMS recently distributed a memo to all State Survey Agency Directors requiring certified health care facilities to assess their Legionella risk and develop facility-specific water management plans to inhibit microbial growth.
 
Adults 50 years and older, smokers and those with underlying medical conditions are most susceptible to contracting Legionnaires' Disease.
 
Read NP's recent alert to learn more about the CMS memo and its requirements for certified health care facilities.

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